Up Home by Shauntay Grant

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This touching poem from spoken-word artist and poet Shauntay Grant offers a child's perspective on growing up in a tight-knit community. Short staccato lines, musicality and the use of real spoken language, and breathtaking illustrations using real models from the community combine in a sensory experience that is sure to wow readers of all ages. Grant's memories of growing up reflect a magical place where landscape, food, history and, most of all, people come together in a community filled with love and beauty. A powerful story with positive images of an important black community.

Shauntay Grant is a writer, journalist and spoken-word performer with roots in Preston, Nova Scotia. She is musical director of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir and the host of CBC Radio-Two's "All the Best."

Susan Tooke is an award-winning artist whose work has been exhibited across North America. She has illustrated numerous books for children. Susan is from New Jersey but now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


About Shauntay Grant

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Shauntay Grant is an award-winning writer, spoken word performer, broadcast journalist, and musician. She was Halifax's third poet laureate (2009-2010) and is the author of The City Speaks in Drums. Shauntay lives in Halifax. Born in New Jersey, Susan Tooke received her professional training from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and the New School in New York. After moving to Canada she illustrated her first book in 2000. Her work has been chosen by the Canadian Children's Book Centre for the Our Choice Award, and she has received the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. She also illustrated F is for Fiddlehead: A New Brunswick Alphabet. Susan lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Published March 1, 2009 by Nimbus Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.